Fast startup at Deacero Ramos Arizpe, Mexico

At just three days from hot startup the mill already demonstrated its full potential by rolling at 70% of its maximum capacity (including four strands slitting process) which will lead to a very fast rump-up learning curve.

The rolling mill is designed to produce rebars from #3 to #16, smooth (rounds and squares from 1/2” to 2”, and merchant bars, including angles, channels, flats from 1” to 3”, and T-profiles.
The 20-pass mill is fed with 160- and 180-mm square billets in cold charge and hot charge mode with direct transfer from the conticaster.

The rolling mill is mainly comprised of H, V and H/V convertible cartridge-type stands, with quick stand change system for the intermediate and finishing mills, followed by a QTR-Quenching and Tempering line for rebars.
A 100-m-long cooling bed with layer forming system completes the hot processing line.

The cold finishing area includes an in-line straightening and cold shearing system.

Rebars finishing is performed with three automatic counting and bundling stations, with 11 tying machines for sub-bundles, six tying machines for master bundles, and two tying machines for bent bundles.

Merchant bars and sections are processed in 24-m automatic stacking station with six strapping machines.
The process technology provides for up to 5-strand split rolling of rebars.

Danieli Automation provided fully integrated Lev1 and Lev2 automation and process control systems, and a Hi-Profile for in-line hot measurements of bars size tolerances.

This is the fourth complete Danieli minimill installed at Deacero, for a total eight rolling mills for bars, wire rod and merchant bars.
Another important step in the 50-year successful relationship between two teams with a win-win attitude.

Source: Danieli

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SMS Group Upgrades Rolling Mill of Daehan Sinpyeong with New Quenching and HSD®Lines

South-Korean Daehan Steel Co. Ltd. has placed an order with SMS group for a bar mill modernization. This new order further strengthens the longstanding cooperation between SMS group and Daehan Steel.

The rolling mill in Daehan´s Sinpyeong works located in the Busan area is designed to produce 130 tons per hour of rebar in diameters from 16 to 32 millimeters up to grade SD 500.

The modernization project will comprise the replacement of the existing quenching line with a new one designed with latest technology from SMS group, including systems for precise pressure control and exact setting of the water flow rates. In addition, two dividing shears with associated pinch rolls and a bar braking system will be supplied, as well as a HSD® (High Speed Delivery) line that will be integrated into the existing cooling bed. With this new HSD®system, Daehan will be able to feed bars onto the cooling bed via rotating channels, which are precisely synchronized with the soft bar braking unit, the cooling bed cycle movement and the bar position monitoring system. Furthermore, the bars can be cut to all product sizes at any speed. The shears cut bars in diameters up to 32 millimeters. Due to the dedicated control system, the shears provide very tight cutting tolerances even at maximum speed. The newly supplied equipment will be fully integrated by way of an automation package from SMS group.

The main objective of the modernization is to reduce the ferro-alloys content in the billets, which will result in a substantial cost reduction. The upgrade is also aimed at increasing the product range. With the new SMS group equipment Daehan will be able to add 13 millimeter rebar to the size range and produce new steel grades up to SD600.

This latest reference underpins SMS group’s modernization expertise and strengthens the longstanding partnership with Daehan.

Source: SMS Group

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Prometal Aciérie Contracts SMS Group to Supply Hot Rolling Mill to Widen its Production

Prometal Aciérie

Prometal Aciérie, Cameroon, Africa, has awarded SMS group the order to supply a new hot rolling mill for rebars, sections and wire rod. The new rolling mill will be designed for the production of straight rebars, angles, channels, flats, squares, beams and wire rod coils, enabling Prometal to expand its product portfolio, covering as much as possible of the product mix for long steel products. With this investment, long steel producer Prometal Aciérie, based in Douala, Cameroon, is going to install the first combined rolling mill in the African region.

First combined rolling mill in Africa

The rolling mill will be designed for a maximum overall capacity of approx. 300,000 tons per year. Starting with 130 millimeter square billets, which will be heated up in a 60 ton-per-hour modern pusher-type furnace, the mill will be able to produce rebars from 8 to 32 millimeters, sections such as 100-millimeter-high beams and channels, and smooth rounds in coil from 5.5 to 12 millimeters. The state-of-the art HSD® (High Speed Delivery) System allows reaching the full production capacity for the complete size range, increasing the material yield. The high speed finishing block will produce quality wire rod coils at minimized operational costs. Moreover, the rolling mill will be controlled by a Level 2 automation system provided by SMS group.

The combined mill, completely supplied by SMS group, will become the new reference benchmark for the market in terms of high technology, quality, efficiency and low operational costs in Africa. Commissioning of the new rolling mill is scheduled for December 2019.

SMS group is a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. It has some 14,000 employees who generate worldwide sales of about EUR 3 billion. The sole owner of the holding company SMS GmbH is the Familie Weiss Foundation.

Source: SMS Group

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Ovako Invests EUR 11 Million in Smedjebacken, to Create New Business Opportunities

Ovako has decided to invest EUR 11 million in the production plant in Smedjebacken to meet the rising demand for high-quality steel. A new vacuum degassing facility will improve the properties of the steel and create new business opportunities in sectors such as the automotive industry.

With support of the new owners Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Ovako is continuing to invest in strengthening its position as a world leader in advanced steel solutions. Adding vacuum treatment to the manufacturing process will strengthen the steel and improve its properties, making it suitable for the most advanced applications on the market.

“Demand for advanced steel solutions is accelerating, along with more stringent requirements for sustainability and flexibility. We are continuing to invest in our facilities in order to meet global market demand and further strengthen our competitiveness,” says Ovako President and CEO Marcus Hedblom.

Vacuum degassing also helps reduce the carbon footprint and cut energy consumption in production, which aligns with the company’s ambition to manufacture the most sustainable, cleanest and strongest steel solutions for its customers.

“We are very pleased that we can continue developing our customer offering. We have previously invested in further processing, such as bar peeling and heat treatment, and are now taking the next step to further improve steel quality and work in an even more sustainable way,” says Ovako Smedjebacken–Boxholm Business Area Manager Rickard Qvarfort.

The facility, which is one of the company’s largest investments in the last ten years, is planned to be operational in the second half of 2019.

About Ovako

Ovako develops high-tech steel solutions for, and in cooperation with, its customers in the bearing, transport and manufacturing industries. Our steel makes our customers’ end products more resilient and extends their useful life, ultimately resulting in smarter, more energy-efficient and more environmentally-friendly products.

Our production is based on recycled scrap and includes steel in the form of bar, tube, ring and pre-components. Ovako has over 3,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Ovako’s sales in 2017 amounted to EUR 921 million. Since June 2018, Ovako is part of the Japanese steel corporation Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation that employs 92,000 globally and has a revenue of EUR 37 billion. For more information, please visit us at and

Marcus Hedblom President and CEO at Ovako
Marcus Hedblom President and CEO at Ovako

Source: Ovako

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Nucor Announces Plans to Expand Sheet Mill in Kentucky

Nucor Corporation’s (NYSE: NUE) Board of Directors approved an investment of $650 million to expand the production capability of Nucor Steel Gallatin, the company’s flat-rolled sheet steel mill located in Ghent, Kentucky.  This investment will increase the production capability from 1,600,000 tons to approximately 3,000,000 tons annually and will increase the maximum coil width to approximately 73 inches. The project is expected to create 70 full-time jobs.

This expansion complements the $176 million investment currently underway to construct a hot band continuous pickle galvanizing line at Nucor Steel Gallatin.  The pickle galvanizing line is expected to be operational in the first half of 2019 and will produce approximately 500,000 tons per year of galvanized hot band steel. Nucor continues to evaluate additional expansion projects as part of the company’s initiative to further grow its sheet business.

“This investment is another major component of our planned strategy for long-term profitable growth,” said John Ferriola, Chairman, CEO & President of Nucor. “Together with the new galvanizing line, this expansion increases our presence in the important Midwest market, specifically in the automotive, agriculture, heavy equipment, and energy pipe and tube sectors.” Nucor acquired the former Gallatin Steel Company in late 2014 for a purchase price of approximately $780 million.

“We would like to thank Governor Matt Bevin, our local officials, East Kentucky Power Cooperative and Owen Electric, our teammates and the entire community for their support,” said John Farris, Vice President and General Manager, Nucor Steel Gallatin. “The project will allow us to better serve our automotive and value-added customers.”

Nucor and its affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel — in bars, beams, sheet and plate; hollow structural section tubing; electrical conduit; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating; and wire and wire mesh. Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and HBI/DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Nucor is North America’s largest recycler.

Source: Nucor Steel

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Aperam Orders Annealing and Pickling Line for Stainless Steel Cold Strip from SMS Group

Aperam Stainless Belgium has contracted SMS group to supply an annealing and pickling line for stainless steel cold strip to its Genk plant in Belgium. Production start is scheduled for 2020. With this investment in state-of-the-art and future-oriented plant technology, Aperam will enlarge its product range by material grades for the most demanding applications and improve lead time and flexibility to meet the market demand. It will further increase efficiency and cost competitiveness of its plants and continuously enhance the impacts on health, safety and environment.

The line will stand out due to its high degree of automation and resource-saving processes and will be equipped, in addition to a horizontal Drever annealing furnace and a multi-stage pickling section, with a four-high skin-pass mill stand and a side trimmer. The new annealing and pickling line will be the fourth one SMS group is going to install at Aperam’s Genk site.

Besides mechanical equipment, process technology, furnace technology, electrical and automation systems, the scope of supply will also include technical support during installation and commissioning. The line will process both austenitic and ferritic grades.

The pickling section will allow for a good pickling result at low consumptions and high speeds and include electrolytic sections, a turbulence pickling section as well as a rinsing area with oscillating brushes.

SMS group is a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. It has some 14,000 employees who generate worldwide sales of about EUR 3 billion. The sole owner of the holding company SMS GmbH is the Familie Weiss Foundation.

Source: SMS Group

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